What you'll need (for 3-4 regular-sized biscuits): 1 cup all-purpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 1/2 tsp sugar 1/4 tsp salt (a big pinch) 4 tbsp fat (butter and/or shortening), cut into chunks 1/3 cup milk.
THE PROCESS 1 - In a mixing bowl stir together the dry ingredients, and then use your fingers to rub in the butter/shortening.
The ingredient quantities can easily be halved or doubled to suit your needs.
Break up and distribute the solid fat throughout the flour mixture but don't overwork: several pea-sized chunks are ideal.
2 - A little at a time, drizzle in the milk and mix until a thick, sticky dough forms.
3 - Rake out onto a floured surface and sprinkle with flour. Knead by patting out with the tips of your fingers and then folding into thirds like a business letter. Turn 90° and repeat.
The patting out and folding over process creates layers. You don't want to intensely knead the dough.
4 - Cut into rounds, place on a greased baking sheet, and bake at 425*F for 13-15 minutes.